We all know that consuming fast food on a regular basis can lead to unnecessary gaining of weight. Did you know that it’s also something that can cause so many other problems aside from a gigantic waistline?
Continue reading if you’re someone who is fond on chowing down fast food all the time — below you will come across some of the surprising health dangers of regularly eating fast food.
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There are many different reasons why regularly adding fast food to your diet can considerably increase your risk of suffering from (and also dying of!) cardiovascular disease, say health authorities:
- Fast food is packed with sodium, which is something that can cause a dramatic increase in the blood pressure. Having high blood pressure all the time (referred to by doctors as “hypertension”) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
- Bad cholesterol present abundantly in fast food can cause the arteries to become stiffened and clogged as a result of unnecessary accumulation of plaque on the inner walls of the arteries.
The trouble with having cardiovascular disease is that it can increase your chance of having a heart attack and stroke!
Type 2 Diabetes
Practically all of the treats that you can get your hands on at your favorite fast food joint are loaded with carbohydrates and refined sugar, and this is why regular trips to the said establishment can increase your chance of winding up with type 2 diabetes.
Having elevated blood sugar or glucose is a known risk factor for type 2 diabetes — if your blood sugar is high but not high enough to be considered as type 2 diabetes, you are classified as someone who has prediabetes.
If you’re not careful, that prediabetes of yours can easily become type 2 diabetes. To date, there is no known cure for type 2 diabetes, and that is why someone who is diagnosed with it should do everything that he or she can to keep it under control in order to fend off complications such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney damage
- Foot or leg amputation
- Loss of vision
- Hearing impairment
Are you having a hard time getting pregnant and you love consuming fast food all the time? Then it’s very much possible that your unhealthy kind of diet is the main reason why you cannot seem to get in the family way.
Based on scientific investigations, certain chemicals present in a lot of fast food can interfere with the proper functioning of the hormones — one’s fertility relies heavily on the hormones!
You’re not out of the woods yet if you got pregnant while maintaining your love for everything that’s served at a fast food joint — according to scientists, fast food can considerably increase risk of birth defects and so many other very serious pregnancy-related issues.
If you think that your physical health is the only one that can be affected negatively by your regular consumption of fast food, think again. Mental health experts confirm that fast food intake can also affect your psychological wellness.
As a matter of fact, a study that appeared in the Public Health Journal revealed that participating individuals who regularly ate fast food were 51 percent more likely to wind up having clinical depression than those who added very little to no fast food in their diet.
Sadly, depression is not the only psychological issue that may stem from regular fast food consumption but many others, too. Eating fast food may also aggravate existing mental health problems.